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UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh: development plan

Technical spatial and operational estates plan for the UK Astronomy Technology Centre science campus to create a world-class place to further science and collaboration.



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The UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) is one of the UK’s leading specialist facilities for astronomy research and instrument construction.


  • plays host to world-leading scientific research
  • provides a link to The University of Edinburgh through the co-location of their Institute for Astronomy within the site
  • hosts and incubates a number of startup businesses

UK ATC is a key location for this research but also needs to:

  • maintain a complex and historic estate
  • overcome a potential lack of access for future larger astronomical instruments
  • adapt to a net zero future while securing and enhancing biodiversity on the site

The development plan aims to chart a course so that the estate can support the scientific pipeline and future strategy of the site

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